When human voices cannot sing

Representative Text

1 When human voices cannot sing
and human hearts are breaking,
we bring our grief to you, O God,
who knows our inner aching.

2 Set free our spirits from all fear —
the cloud of dark unknowing,
and let the light, the Christ-light show
the pathway of our going.

3 Make real for us your holding love,
the love which is your meaning,
the power to move the stone of death,
the hope of Easter morning.

4 And let the one we love now go
where we, in faith, shall follow,
to travel in the Spirit's peace,
to make an end to sorrow.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #355a

Author: Shirley Erena Murray

SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY (b. 1931) is a hymn text writer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1931. Her texts have appeared in more than 100 collections worldwide and have been translated into several languages. She has been an editor with the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust and received international acclaim for her writing, including being made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (2006) and becoming a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (2001) for services to the community through hymn writing. She is the first citizen to be so honored. Most recently, she has been honored by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its July 2009 annual conference by being named a Fellow of the Society in recognition of her contributions as a hymn… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When human voices cannot sing
Author: Shirley Erena Murray
Language: English
Copyright: Words from "Every Corner Sing" by permission Hope Publishing Co., USA
Article: "When Human Voices Cannot Sing": a hymn for a funeral liturgy by Bernadette Grasslein and Gordon Johnson (from "The Hymn")



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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #355a


Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #355b


Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #682

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